The Racquetball Association of Ireland has unveiled it's Strategic Plan 2023-2027 for the sport.
Six new pillars have been announced and will be the focus of the Racquetball Association of Ireland for the next five years:
1. Organisation & Governance
2. Promotion & Marketing
3. Participation, Competition & Club Development
4 Coaching Development
5. Finance & Funding
6. High Level Performance & International
Our vision is to continue to develop and enhance the profile of Irish racquetball nationally and internationally while having an effective governance structure, successful provincial council branches and a successful club development program.
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At the Associations AGM held in Tullamore on Sunday 3rd September a new committee was elected.
President: Susan Farrell(Arklow)
General Secretary: Michael Haverty(Castlebar)
Treasurer: Katie Kenny(Castlebar)
Registrations Secretary: Michael Kelly(Ballinrobe)
Tournament Secretary: Jimmy Gannon(Arklow)
Development Officers: Patrick Hanley(Fermoy) & Johnny O'Keeney(Fermoy)
Junior Development Officer: Johnny O'Keeney(Fermoy)
Children's Officer: vacant (Interim Children's Officer - Jimmy Gannon)
Media & Communications Officer: Vacant
Women's Officer: Antonia Neary(Arklow)
Designated Liaison Person: Patrick Hanley(Fermoy)
Anti-Doping Officer: Jimmy Gannon(Arklow)
The posts of Children's Officer and Media & Communications Officer will be filled by co-option.
Nominees are Sean Lyng(Ballyanne) Children's Officer and Kathleen Conway(Castlebar) Media & Communications.
The Irish Team for the European Championships in Hamburg, Germany from the 13th - 16th Septemaber has been announced.
The team will compete against other countries for the Men's and Women's Nation Cups and then individaual members of the team will compete for the European Singles and Doubles titles.
Racquetball Ireland are currently seeking interested applicants for Coach Developers. We encourage all members to register interest.
The programme will be based in Limerick and will start on Sept 16th and 17th 2023. Coaching Ireland are now seeking nominations put forward by Racquetball Ireland.
Applicants must be available for all the following course dates:
Pre-course on line session: 30/8/23
Weekend 1: 16/17 Sept '23
Weekend 2: 7/8 Oct '23
Weekend 3: 11/12 Nov '23
Weekend 4: 9/10 Dec '23
Weekend 5: 6/7 Jan '24
These dates may clash with RAI tournaments.
Cost of the Course
The course fee is €1,200 per person. Racquetball Ireland will cover the cost of the course alongside travel & accommodation expenses as well as a out-of-pocket expenses.
What does a Coach Developer do after the five weeks of training?
Deliver Racquetball Ireland’s Coaching Pathway Foundation Course to future coaches (usually only one/two weekends per year).
Read more here about a RAI Coach Developer.
How to I register Interest?
You can let us know you are interested here.
Interest can be registered on a rolling basis but to be considered for the 2023 course, please register interest by Monday 24th June, 2023.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Annual General Meeting(AGM) of the Association will be held on Sunday 3rd September 2023 at 11.30am. (Midlands Location & venue to be announced later)
for the purpose:
Clubs wishing to submit motions of Constitution or Rule changes should do so before Friday 11th August 2023. Motions should list the exact Constitution or Rule number to which the motion refers. The Constitution and Rules & Regulations of the Association can be found on the RAI website www.racquetball.ie .
Nominations from clubs and individuals for the positions on the Executive Committee(EXCO) listed below should also be sent by also by 11th August.
It is important when nominating an individual that the permission of that individual be sought.
Please email motion and nominations to email@example.com. Please include your name, club and phone number.
Nominations are sought for the following positions:
All affiliated clubs are invited to send 2 representatives to this meeting.
Dated: 7th July 2023.
The Racquetball Association of Ireland it is proud to announce that Gary Lynch(Belfast) is to be inducted into the Association Hall of Fame.
Gary becomes the ninth member of the Association to join those illustrious members of the Association’s Hall of Fame. Gary is recognised as athlete and a contributor.
Gary will be presented with the Hall of Fame award at the 40th Irish Open this coming weekend.
The citation for Gary will read:
Gary Lynch has contributed so much over the years to Irish Racquetball. To condense it into a few paragraphs seems not to justice his commitment to Irish racquetball for many years.
As an athlete, Gary competed at the highest level in Ireland and represented Ireland at international championships. He was a regular competing in tournaments across Ireland and was promoted to Open grade, the highest level in Irish racquetball, thus becoming a member of a select band of racquetball athletes to reach the premier grade.
Internationally he represented Ireland at the 2012 World Championships in the Dominican Republic and played in total of six European Championships. He competed on the European Racquetball Tour winning the French Open in Paris in 2015. And one of the highlights of his racquetball career was winning the 35+ Mixed Doubles with none other than his wife Carol at the Seniors World Doubles Championships in Kingscourt in 2010.
Equally as an administrator Gary played a leading role in the Racquetball Association of Ireland. He was President of the association from 2003-2006. His involvement in administration also saw him successfully fulfil the roles of General Secretary and Treasurer of the Association. Gary played a leading role in Ulster racquetball and also with his club Queens University in Belfast.
Gary’s participation as an athlete and as an administrator in Irish racquetball stretched to over 25 years and for this the Association is proud to induct him in to the Association’s Hall of Fame.